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Latest News February 12th

posted Feb 11, 2016, 2:17 PM by Stephen Fallon

Dear Parents & Carers,

 It’s been a very quick half-term, but we’ve had some tremendous learning going on, with lots more to come. Our ‘Hooks into Books’ Early Years and Key Stage 1 night was a wonderful way to share knowledge with our parents, and allowed us to explain how we can engage our pupils in reading at school and home. The three peas may help you remember pointers from the evening: ‘practice, pause and praise’


Lenten Fundraising:

 CAFOD work with children, young people and young adults in the Catholic community to deepen an understanding of the issues behind the causes of global poverty and injustice, and enable them to bring about a more fair and just and world. On Ash Wednesday, we celebrated the start of Lenten season. Lent is a season of prayers, almsgiving and fasting. As part of our commitment to ‘social justice’, we are encouraging all pupils to give up something that is not a necessity in their life. Could your child give up their mobile for 40 days?! What about chocolate? Could you and your family do something ‘extra’ to make a difference to other people?

In school, we will be participating in the CAFOD family fast day and ask that children donate a small amount to the ‘Make a Splash’ campaign; just like we did during ‘Harvest’, we will use the money in the green envelopes to help provide water for the less economically developed countries in the world.


A Prayer for Lent:

 Almighty and everlasting God,

You have given the human race

Jesus Christ our Saviour as a model of humility.

He fulfilled your will by becoming Man

And giving his life on the Cross.

Help us to bear witness to You

By following his example of suffering

And make us worthy to share in his resurrection.

We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son.



A message from Mini-Vinnies:

 Dear Parents and Carers,

 As part of our commitment to ‘social justice’, we will be doing ‘Lenterprise’ (enterprise for Lent!) and will be selling soup on Fridays to help support the 5p bus and CAFOD Family Fast Day green envelope campaign. The Snack Shack will still be open on Mondays, and Wednesdays but soup and bread will just replace this on a Friday. Soup and bread will be priced at 50p. Our soup is being provided by Bernie’s Café, who are sourcing vegetables locally from Peaches and Dreams, and we have been given special discounted baguettes by Greggs –

we are very grateful for your help!

Thank you,



Parents’ Evening/Reports: We are conscious that the spring term is very short, but we still endeavour to share with you, your child’s progress in a number of ways. Firstly, teachers will continue to produce an end-of-term report for the pupils, which you will receive in the last week of the Spring term. We will then invite parents to a Parents’ Evening discussion, which will be held at the beginning of the Summer term (Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th April). We feel that this ensures that the report can be utilised to its full extent and gives an opportunity for school and parents to discuss the report in detail.


Quicksticks Hockey Tournament:

 On 11th February, 18 children selected from Year 3 and 4 (Robbie, Declan, Sia, Ava, Josh, Cameron W, Kian, Harley, Joshua, Boe, Elly, Cameron H, Anthony, Kian, Christopher, Lukas, Kelsie, Sophie and Katie) represented the school in a Quicksticks Hockey Tournament at The Parks Leisure Centre. Despite some great results from all 3 teams, they were unfortunately knocked out in the semi-finals. The children were a real credit to the school showing both great technical skill and brilliant sportsmanship.


World Book Day Dress as a Character Competition:

We are using World Book Day to promote the magic of reading and are asking children to come dressed as a character which will suit our Heroes and Villains theme. There are endless characters to choose from  - so use your imagination! All we ask is that you join in the fun! There will be a prize in each Key Stage for the best outfit which will be announced on the day.


SVP Holy Island Camp:

 Each year we receive a letter from the Saint Vincent de Paul Holy Island representatives, inviting pupils in Year 5, 6 and 7 to Holy Island Summer Camp. The Year 5 pupils who attended the school-time camp this year, are aware ofhow fantastic the camp is and how magical it is to spend a week surrounded by the sea! If you are struggling to think of things to do with your children during the six week holiday, then this could be for you!!! ‘The cost of the week (which runs Saturday to Saturday throughout the six weeks holiday) is £85 – all food is included and all camp leaders are volunteers – this a non-profit camp! This is an

amazing price for a fantastic holiday for your child! Applications are currently open to any girl currently in Year 5 or 6 and any boy currently in Year 5, 6 or 7. 

You can apply via the internet at: Holy Island Applications Team

Email: Phil Saint 07877463396

Rob Curran 07810181868


First Holy Communion Class:


Session 5 will take place on Tuesday 23rd February at 3:30pm.


A message from our School Council:


 “Dear Parents and Carers,

Our School Council have been working with the local authority on a healthy eating campaign for lunchtimes! New rewards and surprises will be coming your

way, providing that you are choosing the healthy options!

Thank you for your support,


School Council.